Fruit Bar Goodness

I’ll admit it, I’m finicky when it comes to food items.  But this week I discovered Dreyer’s Grape Fruit Bars and I’m hooked.  They taste great and seem to be somewhat healthy.  At least more healthy than ice cream or other sweets.  I don’t see how you could pass up such goodness if you encountered it in your local supermarket frozen foods section.  It really is that good.

But now I’ve finished off the box and I want more.  There is none to be had in the local store, so I guess I’ll have to wait a bit.  But no!  I can be notified whenever my local store gets more of the grape flavor.  Is this really what I need, yet another email notification?

Why Adding More Features Doesn't Work

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and again):  adding lots of features to a product because your competitors do isn’t a smart strategy.  You end up being a follower all the time and you don’t have a good, rational argument for adding the feature (did the customer tell you they wanted it???).

But don’t take my word for it, go read this story that makes it clear (again) that adding features for features (or competitors) sake is just a dead-end deal.  Nice graphs on the subject there too.


Today is day one of being off the Sony corporate gravy train. I’m both sad and relieved to be no longer employed by the electronics giant, but mostly I’m sad. The way in which I left was sub-optimal and I really miss the people I worked directly with, mainly because I’ve worked with so many of them before. In short, it sucks to have left this job.

That said, it wasn’t a healthy environment for me. I was coming into work each day with the knowledge that I was not wanted there any longer, and it isn’t a good thing to have that type of pressure on you for months. I do hope the guys I worked with find something to do that Sony supports, but I tend to doubt that it will come to pass. That’s too bad, because the team I left does something well that is badly needed there: software. It will be a loss to the company to lose their talents and ultimately the consumer will lose out as well.

Using Google for Dating

I saw this story and just had to laugh all the way through it. Literally, its a tongue-in-cheek take on the average geek (that’s me) using virtually all the Google services (still me) to get a girl. Besides being entertaining, it makes me wonder just how much of that stuff will work. I think I’ll have to look into the AdWords idea, though.

Flying Over the North Part of the South Bay

Yesterday I took a short flight in a Robinson R22 helicopter over part of the Bay. It was pretty nifty to be flying again, this time courtesy of Mark P (thanks!). At around 800 feet above the ground and around 80 knots airspeed, the flight took me from San Carlos to Fremont and back again.

It was a cool way to see part of the area I thought I knew and get some photos in the process. You can see a selection of those photo’s in this album. Hopefully there will be more of these flights with interesting pictures in the future.

Oh How the Google Has Fallen

In a pre-apocalyptic notice to the technology industry, I found this interesting article of how the product cycle must work inside of Google.
It is funny to be sure, but I’m not entirely convinced its that made up. I know a little something about product ideas, launches, back room feature quarterbacking, and the like. And this story smells so familiar it’s scary.

I use a lot of Google products and I like using them. But to think that things might actually be this way on the inside of their world kind of frightens me. Oh well, back to my Gcal/Gmail/Gmaps/GDS/Google Earth trapped existence.